Whether you’re going to a festival, holding an event in your garden or going on a camping trip, taking a decent event shelter is important to ensure the success of your event.
The shelters below have been selected based upon their strength, their ability to keep you and your guests dry and the ease with which they are to build and take down afterwards.
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Coleman Event Shelter 4.5m XL
This 4.5m extra-large Coleman Event Shelter is a very popular choice for those of you that enjoy camping and spending time outdoors but with overhead protection.
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The unique shape with the arched frame provides much more sheltered dry room than you would first imagine and gives it a very open feel which is ideal when the weather is very warm.
The fabric canopy provides resistance against rainfall whilst offering a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50+ which is ideal especially if you have young children with sensitive skin.
- Steel Pole frame
- PU coated water-resistant canopy
- Guy ropes & pegs
- Rectangular carry bag with zipper
- Foot and pole connectors
- Instruction manual
Pros and cons
- Easy to Put up & Take Down
- Can withstand breezy weather conditions
- A great alternative to a gazebo
- Very Sturdy
- Looks great once built
- Not great in torrential downpours
Coleman’s is a well-respected company when it comes to outdoors shelters and this particular canopy is right up there with the very best.
The fabric canopy is strong, will protect against rainfall (hydrostatic head of 1000mm) and can resist breezy conditions as long as it’s attached properly.
The frame is powder-coated which helps with the durability of the steel which in turn increases the longevity of the product.
Lots of Sheltered Space
This 4.5m shelter will provide a total of 20 square metres of shade. This makes it ideal for inviting friends or adding different types of furniture, like folding tables, chairs or a swing chair.
There are lots of possible uses for this type of shelter which includes: festivals, barbecues, parties, beaches, sporting events, campsites or garden areas.
All this is dependant upon how much room you have in your chosen plot.
With much more information about the damage the suns ultraviolet rays can have on you and your family’s skin, the SPF of 50+ is definitely a welcome addition.
We still recommend using sunblock to further protect yourself from the sun, the protection from the canopy is just an added bonus.
Garden Gear Dome Shelter
This Dome Shelter by Garden Gear is a popular alternative to the Coleman range as it’s normally cheaper to buy and has extras already included.
This day shelter is waterproof and also provides UV protection via the overhead canopy so you have protection against the rain and sun’s rays.
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The fabric is SPF 30+ which offers protection against UV rays but suncream and other protection are still required.
The spacious canopy provides 13.4 sq metres of living space which means you have ample room to move around and even include furniture underneath for more comfort.
- 100% waterproof & UV protection canopy
- Connecting frame poles and parts
- 4 removable mesh doors
- 2 Removable sunshade walls
- Tent pegs & Guy lines
- Carry bag
- Instruction manual
Pros and cons
- Keeps Fly & Mosquitos Out
- Offers Uv Protection
- Sturdy Frame
- Easy to Assemble
- Good Value Shelter
- Hook inside to hang a light
- Stitching could be stronger
With an approximate length and width of 3.5m, this outdoor canopy provides plenty of dry space to your chosen area. Once inside you will not have to crouch and will be able to stand upright.
The head height is just over 2 metres which are ample for the majority of people, although the sides are a little lower so you may need to duck your head on entering.
Decent in Bad Weather
Whilst using shelters in really bad weather isn’t advised because that’s not what they’re made for, this Garden Gear shelter is surprisingly very robust in such weather conditions.
The canopy fabric is 190T and this kind of material is often used for workwear due to its strength.
As this fabric is used for canopies it has to have a PU coating applied which provides waterproof protection between you and the wet weather (2000mm hydrostatic head).
PU (Polyurethane) is widely used in waterproofing gazebos, shelters, tents and other outdoor materials that require to be waterproofed.
This fabric also offers protection against UV rays. These are the harmful rays submitted by the sun and what causes skin damage, suntans and sunburns. Longterm exposure to UV can cause tissue damage.
The protection of this shelter is SPF 30 which means that with sunscreen on it will take 300 seconds to burn and without suncream, it takes 10 seconds to burn.
Therefore, you divide 300 by 10 and you get the sun protection factor of 30.
Mesh Nets to Stop Flies and Wasps
The mesh nets are ideal in the summer months. We all know, once you start having food and drink outdoors then the flies, wasps and even mosquitos start to invade your space.
The mesh walls can be removed if necessary and you also receive 2 full shade sides just to provide more shade and privacy too.
If required, you can remove all sides and mesh nets should you want to.
The approximate weight of the product is around 7.5kg and this makes it a very lightweight shelter which makes it much easier to transport to your event or location.
Being lightweight, don’t think that the strength of this product is compromised because of this.
Coleman Octagon Dome Tent 6 to 8 Man
Thanks to the unique design, you can get full 360 panoramic views, or none at all, with fully closing curtains on each panel.
With 15.7m² of space, there’s enough room for activities of any kind and there’s a divider that can be put up down the middle – making it ideal for glamping.
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The doors are super convenient as they operate on hinges, moving away from the traditional zip-up design.
All the outer fabric is 100% waterproof and will keep everything protected from the rain, a frequent occurrence in the U.K during festival season!
- Steel connecting poles
- Waterproof polyester PU coated canopy (2000mm)
- Sewn-in Groundsheet PE coated (Polyethylene)
- Wheeled carry bag
- 8 sides with 2 doors included
- 5 different colours
- Tent pegs
- Guy lines
- Instruction manual
Pros and cons
- 100% Waterproof
- Bug Nets
- 360 Degree Views
- Enhanced Ventilation
- Simple to Setup
- High Quality Pegs
- High Ceiling
- Holding bag could be a little bigger
A rare luxury in the event shelter world, Coleman patented hinged doors.
It’s something you take for granted but having a hinge is a huge convenience and saves the hassle of having to zip open/close every time you need to enter or leave your shelter.
Velcro is what holds it closed but don’t worry, there’s also a zip so you can secure it properly during the night or when you need to secure your valuables.
Speaking of securing valuables, this brings us on to our next feature – keep reading to find out what it is.
All outer fabrics are 100% waterproof to protect everything that’s under the shelter. This makes it ideal for a variety of situations.
If you use the shelter as an office then your electronics will be protected if there’s a sudden downpour, or perhaps you want to take an iPad to keep the kids quiet for an afternoon.
The waterproofing, thanks to Coleman’s unique Weather Tec system provides a hydrostatic head of 2000mm.
To put that in perspective, 1500mm is the minimum to be classed as waterproof so you’re getting much more than necessary for that extra peace of mind.
Hydrostatic Head is the measurement used to determine how water resistant a material is, it represents the amount of water your shelters fabric can hold before water seeps through.
So for a 2000mm material, it means that the fabric will be able to hold a column filled with 2L of water before any starts to come through the weave.
360 Panoramic View
With the 360 views, you’re probably wondering what will happen to your valuables when you’re not around or what if you want more privacy?
Well, there are curtains on each panel of the shelter so you can have full privacy, giving you the ability to hide your valuables from plain sight when you’re not around.
Another bonus to the curtains is that you can turn as many panels as you want into windows.
Large Open Area
This shelter offers a single 15.7m² room, giving you the maximum amount of space and ensuring there’s plenty of room for activities.
Provided with this product is a divider that cuts the octagon straight down the middle, providing 2 spacious areas.
Costway Pavilion Canopy 4×4
This Costway fabric pavilion is very similar to what those who live in the United States refer to as a soft-top canopy.
As you can see in the image, the roof overhangs the frame legs by quite a bit and this ensures that the rainwater run-off falls well away from your dry area.
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The 2 tier roof section helps to provide added ventilation in hot and humid weather conditions.
It adds to the stability and sturdiness of the structure in windy weather by providing an exit route for strong winds, which is ideal when pitched in open areas such as parkland.
Don’t underestimate just how much dry area this shelter provides, measuring 4 metres by 4 metres it can, therefore provide 16m² of protection from rain and harmful UV rays.
This canopy is not designed for overnight sleeping but can stand beside your camping tent and act as a living area or for mealtimes, or just somewhere to store your bags and cases.
- Waterproof & sunshine resistant canopy
- Powder-coated Pop-up steel frame (rust-resistant)
- Choice of 3 different colours
- Carry bag included
- Installation manual
- Metal stakes
- Ropes lines
Pros and cons
- Fully Waterproof
- Straightforward to Build
- No sagging of roof in heavy rain
- Ideal for Spring to Autumn use
- Sensible Pricepoint
- The storage bag needs to be a little bigger
- Side panels need hooks for pegging into the ground
Protects against UV rays
The canopy will provide protection against UV rays which is ideal for use in hot sunny conditions.
The silver lining underneath the canopy fabric protects you from UV by reflecting the harmful rays whilst also providing a cooler temperature underneath.
The polyester outer fabric does a great job of blocking out the harmful rays from the sun. You should still use sun cream whilst outdoors, this canopy just aids your overall protection.
2 Tier canopy section
The 2 tier section at the top of the roof section is extremely important and it’s not until you’ve had a canopy with and one without that you really understand the true benefits.
Upon first look, your first question is does the 2 tier section let water in? and the quick answer is a definite ‘no’.
What a 2 tier section does is provide extra stability by providing an exit route for wind in breezy conditions.
The immediate benefit is that it helps to prevent your canopy from lifting from the ground and takes the pressure off the supporting frame.
In hot conditions, it helps to aid air circulation and regulate temperature by providing an exit for hot stuffy air whilst preventing a smelly and stale odour inside (especially if drapes are closed).
Guy ropes & Metal Pegs
Quite often, it is these 2 items that are left inside the carrying bag and what most people don’t realise is that they are extremely important and should be used whatever the weather.
People will normally leave them in the bag until the weather takes a turn for the worse and by then the frame structure will be under pressure.
Although you may think they look a bit of an ‘eyesore’ or a potential trip hazard, it’s not until you have a broken part that you wishes you’d of used them from the start when you first assembled it.
When you attach the guy ropes from the canopy top to the ground, try to make they are at an angle of 45 degrees for the best support.
Unlike some canopies where you have to duck underneath the framework, this Costway shelter measures 187cm (1.87m) from the ground to the first section of the framework.
This means most people can comfortably walk into the canopy without having to duck under the sides.
That is the lowest setting, therefore, should you use the highest then there is a walk-in height of 207cm (2.07m) which ensures that virtually everybody can walk in without crouching.
The apex measures 277cm (2.77m) and this is the highest point once inside the canopy.
Last update on 2022-06-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API